While the Jaguars prepare for the draft next week, there is a chance that they’ll enter it with more than the 12 picks they already possess.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jaguars have been involved in trade discussions centered around franchise running back Leonard Fournette. Last season, Fournette accounted for 1,674 yards from scrimmage, the most by any Jaguars player, and was the focal point of the team.
Fournette has been in the news recently for his appeal for the team to sign former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton even with quarterback Gardner Minshew II at the helm.
Jaguars have had trade discussions with other teams regarding RB Leonard Fournette, league sources tell ESPN. Fournette is due $4.16 million in base salary in 2020. It's a situation that bears watching as this week's draft approaches.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2020
Recently, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone addressed the concerns with Pro Football Talk, stating that the two — Minshew and Fournette — would have to resolve any sort of issue personally, and behind closed doors.
“It’s not like a coach can get in between two players and fix something,” said Marrone. “You know, these things have to be fixed among each other at times and the coach can go in there and try to guide it through.”
While Fournette stated that he still does love Minshew, and meant “no disrespect” to the young signal caller, it appears the majority of the media and fans have created a storm revolved around his comments over very little.
“Like I told some people who talked to me — no disrespect to Minshew — we’re just trying to get the best at this position so we can win.” Fournette said on ESPN’s FirstTake on Thursday. “That’s all that was about. Just a friendly competition, that brings out the best in people.”
The Jaguars will enter the draft with 12 selections, and could be adding more. Fournette is now squarely a name to watch to be moved as is disgruntled defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, who once again reiterated that he will not be returning to Jacksonville next season.
Ngakoue stated on a birthday post to Jaguars safety Ronnie Harrison — who turns 23 today —, that he and Harrison would be on “different teams next year”, while also telling Harrison, “[you’re] always my brother.”
#Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue with a birthday shoutout to safety Ronnie Harrison:— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) April 18, 2020
“Different teams next year but [you’re] always my brother.” pic.twitter.com/Rm7IE08LWD
The Jaguars have made a conscious effort this offseason to move several players from the team, including Pro Bowl players such as defensive end Calais Campbell, and cornerback A.J. Bouye.
The 2020 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday, April, 23rd at 8:00 p.m, ET.